Picking the Stanley Cup winner before the series has even started may seem a bit bold but I am pretty confident. It has been one of the best seasons for betting on hockey in a long time and the playoffs have been no exception. The NHL is an example to the other sports leagues about what team parity should look like.
I must admit that I was pulling for the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 but it was not to be- however the Sens had a magnificent run that was very profitable if you followed my suggestion at the start of the season to buy them at +1800 to win the Atlantic Division. Regardless, we should have an excellent Stanley Cup winner come out of the upcoming series between the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the overachieving Nashville Predators.
Stanley Cup Winner – Pittsburgh Penguins
This series has some fascinating story lines to it and should provide great action and drama. We have the defending Stanley Cup Champions in the form of the Pittsburgh Penguins headed back to the big show powered by the super star status of Sydney Crosby. Add to his talent that of Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang and you have a potent offense. Two talented back stops in Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray give you the goalie talent needed to win.
And that is why the Penguins are -165 favorites to win the series and become the Stanley Cup winner. It is hard to argue with the way that the Pens have played and the results they have gotten. They played a couple of tight Game 7’s and overcame three excellent teams.
Stanley Cup Betting Lines – Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators have been nothing short of a revelation this season and are headed to their first Stanley Cup appearance. The blockbuster trade for star defenceman P.K. Subban is now looking more and more like absolute genius on the Preds part.
Nashville manged to out skate and out hustle the Chicago Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blues, and the uber talented Anaheim Ducks which says a ton about this team. They have struggled through injury after injury in the playoffs and somehow have manged to keep winning. The Preds are +140 underdogs for Game 1 in Pittsburgh on Monday night and are -225 on the +1.5 puck line.
Stanley Cup Betting – NHL Final Odds
I must admit that part of me would really like the Nashville Predators to win the 2017 Stanley Cup. I love the idea of a small market first time finalist making the Cinderella story come true. The Predators are healthier and better rested than the Penguins and that is going to go a long way.
However, the Pittsburgh Penguins are a deeply talented bunch and are going to be very tough to beat. I think the Stanley Cup Finals might end up something like 4-2 for the Series Exact Result in favor of the Pens- for which RealBet is offering a reasonable +450. Either way, this is going to be some epic hockey.
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